BESA Open House

Bald Eagle Sportsman’s Association held their 8th annual open house event on Saturday, June 7th.

The event started slowly after the early morning downpour, but the 500+ attendees that ventured onto the muddy grounds with high hearts were provided with a free lunch, and free shooting and instruction including use of member and club owned firearms. The ammo, ear and eye protection was courtesy of the Wolf’s Den Gun Shop in Hugo.

The event included Cowboy Action Shooting with club members in period costume, WWII and Korean War era M1 Garand, and carbine battle rifles, some historical rifles, and many calibers of pistols and revolvers. There was also Trap, Skeet, and 5 stand clays for shot gunners,. There was a Civil War display and archery lessons with Jack Wachlarowicz, former MNNASP State coordinator to aide children of all ages in the fine art of archery. There was a tent for black powder arms, with samples for shooting as members hand loaded the sabots. There were two laser shot booths on loan from the DNR for virtual shooting that were manned by DNR certified instructors.

The Mahtomedi High School Trap Shooting Team ran an informational booth for those wanting to learn more about the fastest growing high school sport in the nation.

Also on display that afternoon was the MN DNR wall of shame booth displaying models of trophy bucks that were confiscated from poachers in MN.

BESA provided bottled water and soda and chips as well as burgers and brats with all the trimmings, provided by Grunhoffer's Old Fashion Meats in Hugo, along with pizza delivered from Majestic Pizza in White Bear Township. The result was a great afternoon of fun in wonderful despite the weather for about 500+ visitors and 125 members.

Many thanks to the following companies & groups that have help put on this event:

Claybuster Wads – Majestic Pizza – Mossberg Shotguns – J. P. Enterprises – CZ USA- CVA Blackpowder – The Minnesota Weapons Collectors Association – Wolfs Den Gun Shop – Birchwood Casey LLC – Grunhoffers Old Fashioned Meats – The Minnesota DNR and ALL the members of BESA that have donated time and equipment to this event.

David Arcand
President BESA

Click here to view the Open House flyer from this year